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 Post subject: World Premiere by Richard Move at Jacob's Pillow
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Becket, MA-Some of the hippest artists in New York convene in the Doris Duke
Studio Theatre August 10-13 for their debut as MoveOpolis!, the latest
venture from choreographer, director, and producer Richard Move.
Consistently praised as a fearless innovator on the city's dance scene, Move
has assembled a formidable cast of performers (hand-picked from such
companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Martha Graham Dance
Company) and collaborators (boasting credits from The Devil Wears Prada to
the New Yorker and Karole Armitage) in presenting the world premiere of
Toward the Delights of the Exquisite Corpse, a multimedia endeavor
co-commissioned by the Pillow. Move's signature theatricality also surfaces
in three works not usually seen on a single program: Lust, Verdi for Three,
and a solo suite from Arjuna's Dilemma. In 2002, Move brought his notorious
"Martha @" series to the Pillow, captivating viewers with his disarming
portrayal of Martha Graham, an act deemed "too brilliant for words" by Time
Out New York. MoveOpolis! is the latest addition to Move's rapidly growing
roster of cutting-edge projects. In related free events, Move gives insight
into his dynamic career in dance, film, and television, Saturday, August 12
at 4pm on Sommerspace, and MoveOpolis! presents a free preview of Move's
work on the Pillow's Inside/Out stage, Wednesday, August 12 at 6:30pm. For
a glimpse of Richard Move's work, watch the season overview video at

Performance and Ticket Information for MoveOpolis!: Evening performances
are Thursday, August 10 through Saturday, August 12 at 8:15pm, with matinées
on Saturday, August 12 at 2:15pm and Sunday, August 13 at 5pm. Tickets are
$24 each, with a 10% discount available for seniors, students, and youth age
13 and under. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at
413.243.0745, faxing orders to 413.243.0749, or ordering online at Jacob's Pillow is located on George Carter Road in
Becket, MA, 10 minutes east on Route 20 from Mass Pike Exit 2.

In an event hotly anticipated by Pillow regulars and fans of the
avant-garde, Toward the Delights of the Exquisite Corpse makes its world
premiere in the Doris Duke Studio Theatre. Commissioned in part by Jacob's
Pillow, Move has enlisted a powerful ensemble of creative minds to realize
this multimedia experience. The work features a sound score by the New
Yorker staff writer Hilton Als, costumes by Patricia Field of The Devil
Wears Prada and Sex and the City, and video by pioneering filmmaker Charles
Atlas, whose collaborators have also included Merce Cunningham and Karole
Armitage. The work's title references a technique known as Exquisite
Corpse, reputedly invented by the Surrealists of the 1920s and based on an
older parlor game. Played in a group whose members are only allowed to see
a successive portion of what was previously written or drawn, this
collaborative method of generating new ideas was key in generating
collage-based art.

Verdi for Three premiered at Jacob's Pillow in 2004, when the legendary trio
of PARADIGM (chiefly comprising Carmen De Lavallade, Dudley Williams, and
Gus Solomons jr) performed the work the Doris Duke Studio Theatre. With its
intriguing sound score-a collage of quirky, intermittent recorded text from
Hilton Als, combined with soprano Marian Anderson's rendition of "O Don
Fatale" from Don Carlos-this dramatic short work was praised for its
"grandeur and glory" by the Village Voice.

Move's Lust made its debut at Jacob's Pillow in 2001 as part of The Seven
Deadly Sins, a project directed by New York City Ballet's Robert LaFosse and
Broadway veteran Chet Walker. Originally commissioned by the Pillow for New
York City Ballet principal Helène Alexopoulos, Lust is here danced by
Catherine Cabeen of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to a hypnotic
score by DJ Savage. When Lust was premiered at Jacob's Pillow, The New York
Times summed up its wider critical appraisal by deeming it a "stunning,
first rate work."

Miguel Anaya of The White Oak Dance Project performs Dilemma, a solo suite
choreographed by Move for the Music-Theatre Group's multimedia production of
Arjuna's Dilemma, based loosely on the Hindu myth as laid out in the
Bhagavad Gita. Set to an operatic score by Douglas Cuomo, Arjuna's Dilemma
was directed by Wendall Harrington and appeared at New York City's Mazur
Theater in 2003.

Described by the New Yorker as "downtown's hot ticket," Richard Move boasts
a multitude of credits and collaborations as a choreographer, director, and
producer for theater, film, and television. Best known for his reverential
impersonations of Martha Graham, he has received two New York Dance and
Performance Awards, or "Bessies," for his "Martha @" series, founded in 1996
as an homage to the dance legend. In 2003, Move starred as Graham in the
feature film Ghostlight alongside such icons as Deborah Harry, Ann Magnuson,
Isaac Mizrahi and Mark Morris. Of his work as Martha Graham, The Times of
London wrote, "Move has turned a personal artistic obsession into one of the
New York dance scene's most delicious success stories."

In May of 2006, Move received critical acclaim for his restaging of The Show
(Achilles Heels), a theatrical dance work originally commissioned by
Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. Other recent projects include the new
musical The Fartiste, directed by John Gould Rubin and premiering at the New
York Fringe Festival this August, as well as choreography in the new film
Strangers With Candy, featuring Hollywood stars Sarah Jessica Parker,
Allison Janney, Matthew Broderick and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Transitioning
seamlessly between the worlds of film and dance, Move has also worked with
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Merce Cunningham, and Yvonne Rainer, touring
internationally with the Karole Armitage Ballet and DANCENOISE, among other

Jacob's Pillow is located in the town of Becket in the Berkshire Hills of
Western Massachusetts. The Pillow was originally the Carter family farm in
the 1700s, and in the 1800s served as a station on the Underground Railroad.
Its pioneering spirit was furthered in 1933, when legendary dancer, teacher,
and choreographer Ted Shawn founded the Festival as a showcase for his
company of Men Dancers and as a home for dance in the U.S.

Jacob's Pillow now encompasses an acclaimed international Festival (the
first and longest-running dance festival in the U.S.), a professional
School, rare and extensive Archives open to the public free of charge, an
Intern Program, year-round Community Programs, and a Creative Development
Residency program. The historic site includes 161 acres, 31 buildings,
three unique stages (including the first theater in the U.S. built
specifically for dance), three dance studios, exhibition spaces,
restaurants, the Pillow Store, residential housing, administrative offices,
a health center, gardens, trails, and woodlands.

The Pillow presents dance from all over the world in all forms, styles, and
traditions, plus approximately 200 free events each season, including
performances, lectures, tours, film showings, exhibits, and talks with
artists from all over the world, which attract approximately 80,000 visitors

Pillow Founder Ted Shawn was instrumental in beginning the careers of Martha
Graham and Jack Cole, and the Pillow has continued this mentoring role by
providing early opportunities to artists such as Alvin Ailey, José Limón,
and Mark Morris. Companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Parsons
Dance Company have been seen at the Pillow for the first time anywhere, and
international groups such as The Royal Danish Ballet and Nederlands Dans
Theater have made their U.S. debuts here. World premieres have been
commissioned from masters such as Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor, and
legendary artists such as Margot Fonteyn and Mikhail Baryshnikov have been
showcased in new works.

In 2003, Jacob's Pillow was declared a National Historic Landmark by the
federal government as "an exceptional cultural venue that holds value for
all Americans." It is the first and only dance entity in the U.S. to
achieve this honor. The Pillow looks forward to celebrating its 75th
anniversary in 2007, and has launched its first endowment campaign, The Fund
for Jacob's Pillow, to help ensure its eminence and longevity for others to
enjoy in years to come.

Major support for Jacob's Pillow, as of April 2006, has been provided by:
The Dana Foundation; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Francis Alexander
Family Fund; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; The William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation; The Leir Charitable Trusts in memory of Henry J. Leir;
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Evelyn Stefansson
Nef Foundation; The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation; The
Prospect Hill Foundation; The Ira M. Resnick Foundation; The Ridgefield
Foundation; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; The Starr Foundation;
Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; National Endowment for the
Arts; U.S. Department of Education; ALEX®; Altria Group, Inc.; American
Express Philanthropic Program, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.; Berkshire Bank
Foundation; Canon, U.S.A., Inc.; TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation; The
Pillow Business Alliance; and Jacob's Pillow Members.

Jacob's Pillow is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New
England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by The Ford Foundation
and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Major endowment support is provided by The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; The
William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state
agency; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Onota Foundation; The Prospect Hill
Foundation; and the Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a
collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna
Foundation; and Jacob's Pillow Members.

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